Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in higher education is a framework that guides the design of courses and learning environments to be accessible to the largest number of learners. It acknowledges learner diversity as a strength that can be used to enhance the learning experience. UDL is based on three principles: multiple means of engagement, multiple means of representation, and multiple means of action and expression. In this workshop, we will examine the principles, giving examples in the context of higher education. We will then break into small groups to brainstorm UDL strategies within our own teaching contexts. The session will conclude with a debrief and sharing of effective strategies.
This workshop is intended for members of the Teaching Academy and will be offered online through Zoom. To prepare for the workshop, please skim the guide, Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education, found at: https://taylorinstitute.ucalgary.ca/resources/universal-design-learning-higher-education
By the end of the session, you will have the opportunity to:
- Give examples for each of the three UDL principles
- Identify how you currently incorporate aspects of UDL into your courses
- Identify further opportunities to incorporate UDL into higher education courses